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Dan Havlik  |  May 03, 2019  |  0 comments

What's the ultimate lens for street photography? What's the worst lens? Could the 24-70mm F/2.8 be both good and bad for shooting street? All these questions (and more) are answered in the below video from photographer Pierre T. Lambert.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 08, 2016  |  0 comments

If a patent published by Canon last week is any indication, the company is exploring the possibility of using diffractive optics to create an EF 1000mm f/5.6 DO super telephoto lens that may be smaller and lighter than could be created otherwise. 

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 01, 2019  |  0 comments

Here’s a helpful video for any photographer out there who suffers from GAS, aka “Gear Acquisition Syndrome.” In the below clip, photographer Michael Andrew, aka Michael the Maven, tries to answer that eternal question photographers face: how many lenses is too many?

Ron Leach  |  Jul 21, 2016  |  0 comments

The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS Pro telephoto you see above wouldn’t be considered particularly big for a DSLR lens, but on a micro-four-thirds camera (with its 600mm 35mm equivalent) it’s an entirely different story. But what if you could get a 300-500mm f/2.8-4.0 zoom for your MFT system, with a whopping 600mm-1000mm equivalent in 35mm terms?

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 23, 2019  |  0 comments

Are there three essential lenses that every serious photographer should have in his or her kit bag? Photographer Peter McKinnon thinks so and in the below video he discusses what he calls “the holy trinity of lenses.”

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 05, 2014  |  0 comments

For those keeping score, Nikon has produced a ton of lenses over the years. To be more precise, the company just announced that the total production of Nikkor lenses for interchangeable lens cameras has now reached the 90 million mark.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Aug 19, 2015  |  0 comments

Kenko Tokina has introduced the new Hoya HD3 series of pro photographic filters. The HD3 UV and Circular Polarizer filters are designed to give photographers the ability to capture high-quality images in extreme settings without loss of color balance, contrast, or clarity due to adverse environmental conditions.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 20, 2019  |  0 comments

Laowa’s newly introduced 100mm macro lens offers 2:1 reproduction ratio and a fast f/2.8 aperture. The specifications for this manual focus lens are impressive—but does it deliver, and does it deserve its $449 price tag? We put a sample (in Nikon mount) through the paces and made a couple interesting discoveries.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 04, 2016  |  0 comments

We’ve been featuring the highly educational photography videos of Filmmaker IQ this past month and here’s another fascinating clip to kick off 2016. Titled “The Properties of Camera Lenses,” the video is narrated, once again, by John P. Hess, and gives you the scoop on everything you ever wanted to know about how lenses work.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 05, 2017  |  0 comments

The simple teleconverter is a compact and relatively affordable add-on that will increase the magnification of your lens and dramatically enhance its versatility. All teleconverters are not created equal, however, so watch the video below to learn more about these very useful tools.

Jason Schneider  |  Sep 26, 2016  |  0 comments

Photokina 2016  may have ended, but we have a couple more interesting lens introductions to share with you: Leica’s 50mm f/1.4 Summilux SL ASPH, and the Lensbaby Twist60 announced earlier in the U.S.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 19, 2014  |  0 comments

If a visitor from another planet arrived on Earth and asked to see the perfect specimen of what a digital camera and lens should look like, this combination might be the best choice. In terms of design and construction, fit and feel, the Leica M with 50mm APO Summicron is nearly perfect.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 25, 2014  |  0 comments

Beauty is as beauty does. A Leica M with a 50mm APO Summicron attached is the iconic archetype of modern digital cameras with retro design. Using it is a prodigious experience comparable to, let’s say, playing a concert Steinway grand piano, or maybe setting the hands on a Patek Philippe timepiece. I’m only guessing here, ‘cause I’ve done neither. But I did use a Leica M and 50mm APO Summicron for a week. Did they perform? Read on…

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 10, 2016  |  0 comments

The big news about the Leica M-D (Typ 262) is what it doesn’t have. It does not have autofocus. It does not provide through-the-lens viewing. And it’s not compatible with any zoom lens. 

Ron Leach  |  Nov 29, 2017  |  0 comments

This morning Leica unveiled what they call “a revolution in portrait photography,” in the form of a high-speed Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH lens, featuring a fast maximum aperture and the promise of exceptional image quality, unique bokeh, and a price to match.

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